Mitchell Corn Palace
Photo courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society

     The citizens of Mitchell built the first Corn Palace in 1892. Early settlers put part of their harvest on the building. This was a way of showing how good their crops were in Dakota. Each year the old decorations were taken down, and new murals were created. These murals are made of thousands of bushels of corn, grain, grasses, wild oats, brome grass, blue grass, rye, straw, and wheat. They tell stories about life in South Dakota. Oscar Howe did the murals that you can see in this picture of the Corn Palace. Today the World's Only Corn Palace still stands as a tribute to the farmers of South Dakota. Sporting and community events take place inside the building.